[Mailman-Users] Thanks for Mailman - Was Re: More spam :-( Was Re: [Mailman-Users] Would you like to receive information on registering your pet online for free?

jeffr at odeon.net jeffr at odeon.net
Tue Mar 27 01:32:54 CEST 2001

I just converted from majordomo to mailman, and I'm a much happier admin
now because of it.  Postfix+Cyrus+webmail+Mailman fits my needs perfectly
and so far has been much easier to set up and manage than the previous
setup I was using (sendmail+imap+majordomo+majorcool+webmail).

My congratulations and thanks for such a robust mailing list product.

jeffr at odeon.net

On Mon, 26 Mar 2001, Dan Wilder wrote:

> On Mon, Mar 26, 2001 at 02:40:00PM -0800, alex wetmore wrote:
> > On Mon, 26 Mar 2001, Dan Wilder wrote:
> > > There's a middle ground.
> > > 
> > > For reasons of our own, we keep some of our lists open to posts
> > > by non-subscribers.
> > > 
> > > A simple procmail front-end looks for "To:" or "Cc:" headers
> > > mentioning the list.  Since most spamware is too stupid to
> > > put these in, or else it is using third-party relay to 10,000
> > > hapless victims, so a custom "To:" or "Cc:" is out of the
> > > question, this excludes quite a bit of spam with one simple rule.
> > 
> > Mailman supports this configuration out of the box, and in fact it is
> > the default.  I ran with it on my lists for quite a while, but got
> > sick at directly targetted SPAM (one which had a valid To or Cc) going
> > to my lists and I made them closed.
> Which is why we only use such an arrangement for a few of our lists.
> Where it makes sense.  No high-volume lists.
> In fact, the lists in question happen to be tech support lists.  
> The names of the lists are published, but the only subscribers are 
> tech support folks.  Anybody can post.  The lists use a "Reply-To:" 
> poster, and subscribers use "group" reply to make sure the follow-up 
> gets both to the original poster and to the list.
> One such list is <tag at ssc.com>.  It accepts Linux tech support
> questions.  The proceedings of the list are summarized by an editor 
> and published in the on-line magazine Linux Gazette, 
> http://www.linuxgazette.com.
> I wasn't aware of the out-of-box support for high-grading incoming
> mail by its headers.  Time to look once again at upgrading our twenty 
> or so majordomo lists to mailman.

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